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Welcome to the Cypher

Welcome to the Cypher

By Khodi Dill
Illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful
Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Age: 4–7
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773215631, 32 pages, October 2021 , 9.50" x 10.25"

Description

Words burn bright in this joyful celebration of rap, creativity, and self-expression.

“Welcome to the cypher!

Now huddle up nice and snug.

You feel that circle around you?

Well, that’s a hip hop hug!” 

Starting with beatboxes and fingersnaps, an exuberant narrator introduces kids in his community to the powerful possibilities of rap, from turning “a simple phrase/into imagery that soars” to proclaiming, “this is a voice that represents me!” As Khodi Dill’s rhymes heat up, the diverse crew of kids—illustrated in Awuradwoa Afful’s bold, energetic style—gain self-confidence and a sense of freedom in this wonderful picture book debut that is perfect for reading aloud.